Numerous ecosystems exist along the coast and marine areas of West and Central Africa. Some of these ecosystems include wetlands, lagoons, estuaries, mangrove forests and dunes etc. These ecosystems provide critical services to support the survival of coastal communities. However, over utilization of coastal ecosystems as a result of rapid population increase and urbanisation over the years have affected their sustainability. Coastal resources have therefore become polluted, depleted and several species of fauna and flora are undergoing extinction. Options for the coastal ecosystems management and biodiversity conservation have become very limited because of increasing poverty. This research theme explores avenues of restoring and conserving coastal ecosystems and biodiversity in West and Central Africa sub-region.
NB: The research projects outlined above are interrelated and will ultimately produce results that will feed into each other and present a broad direction for managing Coastal Degradation.